Richmond International helps renovate former Hotel Moskva

Hotel Moskva reopened as the Four Seasons Hotel Moscow, offering dining establishments, meeting and event spaces and accommodations, plus an all-new destination spa. The property, located steps from Red Square, the domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre and the GUM shopping complex, was originally built in the 1930s with Joseph Stalin’s approval.

Paying respect to architect Alexei Shchusev’s original vision for the 15-story building, interior designer Richmond International created a contemporary homage to history that is positioned in the 21st century.

The exterior facade was replicated in detail, including the asymmetry between the two wings that surround a new glass-topped atrium. Although rebuilt to today’s standards of construction and engineering, echoes of the past are seen inside, such as the column capitals and scalloped rosette surrounding the main ballroom’s chandelier, and handcrafted mosaic tiles in the glass-enclosed pool area.

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From a grand entrance facing Manezhnaya Square, a lobby sweeps by reception areas and lounges, and up through to a second floor atrium and two restaurants. Modern culture is on display in the form of a collection of contemporary Russian art throughout the Hotel.

Many of the 180 rooms and suites of the property have views, with Four Seasons Hotel Moscow’s rooms offering the new customizable Four Seasons Bed  Floor plans range from 517 square feet for a Deluxe Room to 5,600 square feet for the Pozharsky Royal Suite. This suite is located on the 7th floor, with a terrace offering views of Manezhnaya Square and Alexandrovsky Garden.  The Minin Presidential Suite measures 5,000 square feet. Five two-bedroom Grand Premier Suites are located in the building’s corner positions facing Red Square.

All accommodations have floor-to-ceiling windows, and many have step-out balconies. Other features include ergonomic furnishings and working desks, in-room Nespresso machines and high definition televisions that swivel to show a mirror on the opposite side when not in use. Technological innovations include iHome docking stations, media hub with international socket options, Internet access and an iPad in each room. Marble bathrooms include separate showers, with complimentary custom amenities by Roberto Cavalli.

For dining, the property has two signature restaurants: Quadrum, the Italian dining establishment on the hotel’s second floor facing Manezhnaya Square; and the second story Bystro. There is also the street level Moskovsky Bar, with red and black interiors; and Silk Lounge with two fireplaces.  In addition, the Amnis Cafe offers light lunches and pre-and-post spa refreshments by the pool on the fifth floor.

Up on the hotel’s fifth floor, the Amnis Spa at Four Seasons has more than 28,000 square feet of space, including a mosaic-tiled indoor pool and 14 treatment rooms including three double suites for couples. A hair salon and a nail bar are planned, alongside a 24/7 fitness center.

For events, the property has two ballrooms and five smaller meeting rooms on the second and third floors, providing 15,123 square feet of options for groups from 20 to 500. The Tchaikovsky Ballroom encompasses 5,700 square feet, plus an adjacent pre-function area and step-out balcony above Manezhnaya Square, with partial views of Red Square and the Kremlin. It has Corinthian columns and crystal chandeliers. Reached via a marble staircase or dedicated elevator and a private entrance at street level, the venue is designed for hosting social functions.

The seventh floor terrace offers views of Manezhnaya Square and the Kremlin.

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow joins the newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, a restoration of a 19th century palace adjacent to St Isaac’s Cathedral and just steps from the Winter Palace.